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British Solo Yachtsman Robin Davie Located
Three days after the UK Coastguard first broadcast an 'All Ships Alert' for British solo yachtsman Robin Davie, the 67-year old sailor made contact late Friday night to say that all was well onboard. He expects to reach Falmouth, his…
Robin Davie sailing aboard his 36ft yacht C'EST La VIE
Falmouth Coastguard has issued an 'All Ships Alert' for British solo yachtsman Robin Davie, now three days overdue on a 300-mile solo cross-Channel voyage from Les Sables d'Olonne, France back to his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall. The 67-year…
Mark Mansfield will talk at Kinsale Yacht Club
Cork Olympian and sailing professional Mark Mansfield from UK Sailmakers will be giving a talk at Kinsale Yacht Club on helming and sail trim tips on Thursday 17th, January at 8 pm.  Mansfield will be joined at the club by Figaro sailor…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede: frustrated by lack of winds and fast approaching Mark Slats in 2nd place
French race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede served out his 18-hour penalty (for improper use of his satellite phone on 09.11.2018) on Saturday and is now clear to race the remaining 2,150 miles to the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne.…
Irish Golden Globe Race skipper Gregor McGuckin and his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance at the National Yacht Club prior to departure
As previously reported by Afloat.ie last week, plans are moving forward to salvage Irish Golden Globe Race skipper Gregor McGuckin’s yacht Hanley Energy Endurance. Cody Cordwainer, a tugboat captain operating out of Brooklyn Navy Yard is set to arrive in…
Tom Dolan competing in the Solitaire du Figaro 2018 race.
#lectures- An illustrated lecture Sailing in the Fast Lane- What’s Next? by Tom Dolan is to be held next week, Thursday 10 January (20:00) at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club Ringsend, Dublin.  Admission fee of €5 (in aid of Sailing into Wellness).  Tom…
Colin Healy (left) and James Lyons, will speak about how their sailing programme helps people in their recovery from poor mental health and addiction.
On Thursday 10th of January County Meath solo sailor Tom Dolan will be giving a short presentation on his 2019 racing season in support of the social enterprise 'Sailing into Wellness' Sailing into Wellness is an award winning not for profit…
Plans are afoot to recover Gregor McGuckin’s Abandoned Golden Globe Yacht
Golden Globe Race Organisers are reporting that Irish skipper Gregor McGuckin has accepted an offer from American Cody Cordwainer, a tugboat captain operating out of Brooklyn Navy Yard, to salvage his yacht currently 1,100 miles west of Fremantle Western Australia.…
Gregor McGuckin's abandoned yacht Hanley Energy Endurance photographed by Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Sinclair as he sailed passed the yacht a month after McGuckin was rolled and dismasted in the South Indian Ocean. Her Position on 27 Dec is Lat/Lon: 32° 31.53 S, 091° 49.54 E - less than 1200 miles west of Fremantle, Western Australia. As an incentive to potential salvors, there is a barrel of Irish Whiskey onboard!
Golden Globe Race retiree Gregor McGuckin is not the only person keen to recover his boat still drifting in the South Indian Ocean some three months after his evacuation. As David O'Brien reports in today's Irish Times Sailing Column, there…
The barrel of Glendalough 7-year-old 777 single malt Irish whiskey onboard Gregor McGuckin's abandoned yacht in the Indian Ocean
Following Afloat.ie's update on Gregor McGuckin’s Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance this week, Golden Globe Race organisers now say two groups have expressed interest in salvaging the yacht currently drifting some 1,200 miles West of Fremantle. The main attraction it…
Hanley Energy Endurance - has a barrel of Irish whiskey onboard
Gregor McGuckin's abandoned yacht Hanley Energy Endurance photographed by Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Sinclair (above) cuts a lonely sight in the South Indian Ocean. Sinclair photographed the yacht as he sailed passed it a month after Gregor was rolled and…
In the boat drawing ceremony Tom Dolan drew lucky number 8 (or so say the Chinese) which will be his sail number for next year when he lines out against some of the biggest names in offshore sailing
2019 will be a year which will mark the 50th anniversary of the Figaro class, a class now recognised as the top level that there is in offshore sailing. And as Afloat.ie has been reporting from the Paris Boat Show, it's…
Solemn moment…..Ireland’s Tom Dolan (right) looking unusually serious as he is honoured for his third place in the rookie division in the French Offshore Championship at the Paris Boat Show
Tom Dolan of Ireland had his hectic first year on the Figaro circuit during 2018 celebrated at the Paris International Boat Show over the weekend when he was on the podium for the National Championship Offshore awards writes W M…
Joan Mulloy in the hunt for sailing sponsorship
Irish female solo sailor Joan Mulloy has made a fundraising bid for her La Solitaire Urgo le Figaro campaign next season. Mulloy, who became the first Irish woman to compete in the Figaro this year is seeking €350k in sponsorship that…
Tom Dolan giving his talk at the Royal Cork last week
Tom Dolan’s series of talks on his remarkable 2018 offshore season continues in Dublin at the National Yacht Club tomorrow evening, Tuesday 27 November. Last week the Figaro debutante regaled the members of the Royal Cork in Crosshaven with tales…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
On Nov.6th at 0200hrs French solo yachtsman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the current Golden Globe Race leader, rang GGR organisers to advise that his yacht Matmut had sustained mast damage, that all was OK, and that he intended to sail…

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